Why Outsource Patient Eligibility Services?
Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2020
An on-site patient eligibility service can significantly improve patient experiences, increase self-pay conversions, and reduce account cycle time. For the best results, patient eligibility services should be performance-based and you should choose a vendor who can provide both on-site patient advocates and cutting-edge technology.
Here are just a few reasons to outsource patient eligibility services:
Establish a Culture of Patient Advocacy
Show your patients and everyone who belongs to your organization that your facility values and is committed to patient advocacy. The presence of a patient eligibility and enrollment service, on site and at no cost to patients, will do just that.
This service supports patients by:
- Finding insurance coverage and/or enrolling them in health plans.
- Identifying financial assistance opportunities and handling the application process for them.
- Reducing their medical expenses.
- Helping them navigate the financial aspects of their healthcare through financial counseling and education.
- Alleviating patient financial stress and confusion.
- Increasing patient engagement with one-on-one, in-person interaction.
- And more.
However, the help that an internal eligibility team can provide is often inhibited by their limited hours. Most facilities’ eligibility employees work a typical 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM schedule, whereas EligibilityAdvocates’ outsourced services are available on site, including in the Emergency Department, at a minimum of 12 hours a day and 6 days a week (and up to 24 hours/day, 7 days/week – based on peak analysis). This significantly extends patients’ access to support.
The more support you offer your patients, the bigger impact you can make on your entire community’s economic outlook. Our patient eligibility services help patients and healthcare facilities financially; plus, we create job opportunities because we hire patient advocates from your local community to fill all our on-site positions.
Maximize Patient Advocacy & Reimbursement with a Team of Experts
When you outsource patient eligibility and enrollment, you can ensure your patients are served by patient advocates who specialize in this service and all the rules and regulations that impact it.
State and federal laws, as well as individual health plan and financial assistance program requirements, change regularly. And waivers are often enacted when national emergencies like the COVID-19 crisis occur.
EligibilityAdvocates monitors all policies and guidelines that determine whether a patient will qualify for assistance, what the patient must do to apply, and how your reimbursement will be affected. You and your patients don’t have to keep track of all these moving parts or risk missing a detail that results in a denied application or claim.
Utilize the Vendor’s Technology
In addition to patient advocates’ extensive knowledge and compassion, an outsourced patient eligibility service can bring innovative technology to the table as well.
At EligibilityAdvocates, we equip our patient advocates with technology that enables mobile patient screening, such as at bedside or in the field. This includes convertible laptops/tablets, HL7 for real-time notes, electronic forms automation software, data encryption in transit and at rest, intermediate saves of information, and photo capture for documentation of driver’s licenses, insurance cards, etc.
We also supply our clients with customized dashboards and reports that deliver near-real-time transparency and alerts. Plus, our pre-arrival workflow solution streamlines financial clearance and automates many tasks for Patient Access.
All our solutions are HIPAA-compliant and will adhere to your organization’s specific procedures and compliance standards.
Reduce Uncompensated Care and Improve Your Revenue Cycle
Partnering with a patient eligibility and enrollment service provider will reduce your write-offs and A/R days. When patients obtain health coverage and/or financial assistance, you get reimbursed at higher rates. And, the face-to-face meetings between patients and patient advocates result in higher conversion rates, increased point-of-service payments, and the establishment of patient payment plans.
When you choose EligibilityAdvocates, we will pursue every possible source of funding for each patient account – so your organization will always be the “payer of last resort.”
You’ll also improve your revenue cycle with the benefits of our pre-arrival workflow solution, which prevents integrity issues and errors that would otherwise cause payment delays, denials, underpayments, and rework.
Experience a Greater Return on Investment
Your ROI will be much higher when you outsource patient eligibility services in comparison to managing this work internally.
Costs accrued by in-house staff include payroll and benefits, hiring and (ongoing) training expenses, office space, and equipment (phones, computers, printers, desks, etc.). You’ll need to allocate money, time, and resources to these employees whether their performance earns it or not.
In contrast, EligibilityAdvocates offers contingent fee pricing, so you’ll only pay us a percentage of the reimbursement we collect, and you won’t have to worry about any of the typical labor costs an internal team would necessitate.
Keep Your Focus on Patient Care: Outsource Patient Eligibility Services
EligibilityAdvocates can handle all aspects of patient eligibility and enrollment for you so that your teams can devote their time and resources to providing quality patient care.
Contact us to learn more about how we can lower or eliminate your patients’ out-of-pocket costs and improve your revenue cycle.
Strengthen the financial situation of all stakeholders in your organization – outsource patient eligibility services to EligibilityAdvocates today.